On 01/10/2014 10:03 PM, David Hendricks wrote:
Thanks for bringing this up. I was kind of on the fence about approving your Cubieboard changes because of some of the license headers, but shrugged it off thinking that the intent was obvious enough.
IANAL, but from what I understand it's usually a good idea to avoid mucking with legalese as to avoid unintended consequences of how licenses are enforced, particularly with regard to international treaties pertaining to IP and copyrighted works.
Also, there are a few distinct free software licenses used in coreboot so I'd hate to add to the confusion. Keeping the licenses in their canonical form and applying them to ever file ensures that coreboot gets all the proper legal protections.
Linux and a few other projects already use short headers.
Maybe someone more familiar with software licensing can shed some light on the subject.